I’m so happy I took the challenge of learning the basics of server administration years ago.
Being able to control your presence online is the future. Yeah it’s a bit more work, but nothing beats being able to build/host your own services.
Servers for Hackers is also great.
I will say this: if you're comfortable with command line package installation, it's pretty much the same process whether on a laptop or web host.
@Are0h @webinista @gekitsu just curious, have you all tried the Windows Subsystem for Linux stuff? I hear it's been pretty good for people in your case (want industry standard apps and games that just works, but also a *nix) - I'm just wondering if it lives up to the hype for people who actually seriously use it.
of course, that's assuming you find Windows acceptable...
there's other options, but they range from "buggy" (Wine) to "lots of overhead" (a VM) - probably undesirable for Serious Business™ unless you REALLY want year of the Linux desktop
that said, YOLD is the probably the most realistic it's ever been yet for people - Steam for Linux has been a huge boon if you play games, and from what I've heard, Adobe's not opposed to the idea...